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Melanie Kok
Melanie  Kok


St. Catharines, Ontario

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Virginia Claims Top Collegiate Spot at Head of the Charles

The Cavaliers' Varsity Eight finishes as the top collegiate boat for third consecutive year

At Virginia: Team tri-captain ... first-team All-South Region in 2006 ... named to the 2006 All-ACC team ... finished first with the varsity 8+ crew at the 2006 ACC Championships ... earned a gold medal with Canada's lightweight quad crew at the 2005 World Rowing Championships in Gifu, Japan ... finished eighth in the lightweight women's quad competition at the 2005 World Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland ... member of the Virginia varsity 8+ boat that won the 2005 ACC Championship in that event ... finished third with the varsity 8+ crew at the 2005 South/Central Regionals ... member of the varsity 8+ boat that finished fourth at the 2005 NCAA Championships ... gold medalist with the first varsity 8+ boat that was named ACC Crew of the Year at the 2004 ACC Championships ... member of the first varsity 8+ crew that finished second at the 2004 Central/South Region Sprints ... member of the first varsity 8+ boat that finished ninth at the 2004 NCAA Championships.

High School: Recipient of the RowOntario 2003 Athlete of the Year Award and the 2003 Sculler of the Year Award ... gold medal recipient in the 2003 Canada Cup, Royal Canadian Henley and the Ontario Provincial Championships in both the Lightweight Women's singles and doubles. ...also a member of the soccer, volleyball and badminton teams team captain and MVP (2000-2001) ... Ontario Scholar Award (2002) ... church volunteer.

Personal: Born November 4, 1983 in Thunder Bay, Ontario ... daughter of Richard and Donna Kok ... four siblings, Renee, Jennifer, Chad and Matthew ...enjoys soccer, running and traveling.


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